The Tobacco Control Program (TCP) works to eliminate tobacco-related disease by creating environments that make it harder for people to start using and continue using tobacco Preventing tobacco use and exposure to second and third-hand smoke is critical to the health of our state and the TCP relies heavily on informative statewide educational initiatives, innovative traditional and social media campaigns, state and local data collection and dissemination, and funding of cessation services to accomplish this goal.
Because the Tobacco Control Movement has been active for decades, we know what works Our program operates within the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) proven "best practice" strategies to guide and direct the overall programmatic work plan.
These best practices include:
"Don't be a replacement. Be an Original." The TCP launched "Be an Original", a youth-focused anti-tobacco media campaign in February of 2012. The campaign highlights Big Tobacco's deceptive youth marketing strategies and the dangers of all tobacco products Campaign mascot Tobacco Control Crab engages youth in online discussions on the impact of tobacco on our environment as well as tobacco industry animal testing Join the conversation on Twitter @RITCCrab and learn more at www.facebook.com/BeAnOriginal
Providence, in partnership with the TCP was also one of 44 communities nation-wide to receive American Reinvestment and Recovery Act - funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants. The funding allowed us to collaborate with the Providence Mayor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council to alert parents and teens of the dangers of newly emerging flavored and smokeless tobacco products marketed toward a younger generation of tobacco users as part of the Sweet Deceit Campaign.
"Hard, yes Impossible, no." We launched a comprehensive cessation media campaign in March of 2011, which included mobile text messaging, television, radio, and outdoor advertising, and the creation of a website which provides a continuously updated list of cessation resources throughout the state more
"Proud to be smoke-free." We launched the "Live Smoke Free" media campaign in March of 2012 The campaign included television, radio, and outdoor advertising in addition to the creation of a website of resources for housing authorities, landlords and tenants to learn more about adopting smoke-free policies within multi-unit housing
In Rhode Island 18 out of 25 housing authorities have adopted smoke-free policies Using CPPW funding, we were able to collaborate with several organizations to advise many of them on the benefits, steps toward adoption, and enforcement of such policies. more
We are currently partnering with a handful of community organizations to advise others on adopting smoke-free policies in outdoor areas. These include college campuses, restaurants and cafes patios, parks, and beaches
Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. The six national priority populations are 1) African Americans, 2) American Indians/Alaska Natives, 3) Asian/Pacific Islanders, 4) Hispanics/Latinos, 5) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons (LGBT), and 6) low socioeconomic status populations.
Priority populations experience increased targeting by the tobacco industry and have rates of cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products that are substantially higher than average national tobacco use rates Priority populations for tobacco control and prevention in Rhode Island were selected based on the work of national tobacco networks, other national-level work on subpopulations of smokers, and by local Rhode Island data They include African Americans, pregnant women, adults with disabilities and/or chronic diseases, persons with low socioeconomic status, and adults with serious mental health conditions.
Funding comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Rhode Island. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended funding levels between $10 and $22 million to conduct an effective program. Currently the program is funded well below the $10 million minimum level.